I hear chewing from the other room and I think Rosie is destroying something.

Nope, she’s just playing with a toy. 

Surprise, the animals aren’t being jerks today.

  #our animals
"As a way to get a grasp on the whole CP situation, people like to ask me, “does it hurt?” In pain/not in pain is a good/bad binary that they can digest. It allows them to categorize my body in a way that makes sense, and tells them whether they should feel bad for me or not. I always say no because I don’t want to give anyone (more) reason to look down on my body. But let’s be real — there are screws in my spine. Of course it hurts. There’s at least an unpleasant twinge happening somewhere all the time. So what people should really be asking is whether the pain is Old or New.

Old Pain I’m used to: the tightness in my hips when I don’t stretch in the morning, the pressure where my legs meet my back when I walk too far. It’s not that I don’t feel it; it’s just been there for so long that I know not to get nervous about it anymore. New Pain is where it gets scary because it stops having a name. I can’t immediately catalog it or diagnose it as benign. At best, disability allows you to create a tenuous peace with your body, and anytime it decides to violate that mutual agreement can be terrifying. You take the time to figure it out — what it likes and dislikes, where it functions best — and stick to that routine, until New Pain reminds you that you’re never quite going to have this figured out."

Know Me Where It Hurts: Sex, Kink, and Cerebral Palsy | Autostraddle (via brutereason)

Wow this is a really helpful way to conceptualise this. I always have a hard time with that question, does it hurt? Well yes, but it has hurt the same way for the last 14 years so no, not really? But then if I get a new kind of pain, even if its not that bad, it can make me quite panicky because I don’t know what it is or how to control it.

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